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Lipa Lipa, Wharram Tiki 38 for sale

Lipa Lipa Wharram Tiki 38 is for sale We are offering our beautiful Wharram Tiki 38, Lipa Lipa, for sale.  She is currently lying in Langkawi Island, Malaysia.  We began our dream of building her…Continue

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I am:
A home builder, I own a Wharram
What boat (s) are you building or do you own?
Tiki 38 Lipa Lipa Sail number 51
Country, City, and State?
Darwin, Australia
About me or us?
Built our Wharram Tiki 38 in Darwin, launched 2004. Based in Indonesia from 2007-2010. Sailed to Langkawi, Malaysia in 2010-2011. In 2014 we have sailed back to Australia.
Looking to?
We plan to swallow the anchor and move ashore, in Tasmania. We are looking to sell Lipa Lipa. She is ready to take new owners on another adventure, back to Asia, to northern Australia, or wherever the winds take them

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At 12:38am on July 19, 2014, Bertrand FERCOT said…

Hello Emma and Graeme

On your "profile information" you say : " In  2014 we have sailed back to Australia.".

At the end of this year we want to sail on board our Tiki46  from New Caledonia to Australia to meet one of our son who is leaving in Melbourne.

I heard it's very complicated when you arrive with a wooden boat in Australia. Can you tell us if it's true and what is the procedure.

Thank you

Bertrand and Marie-Helene Fercot

At 1:34am on July 19, 2014, Emma Watkins and Graeme Kelly said…

Hi Bertrand and Marie-Helene,

We arrived back in Darwin at the end of May, almost 2 months ago.  We had no problems entering, we were a little worried about it.  The inspection lasted less than an hour, and was courteous and easy. We have heard anecdotally that it's a bit easier to enter in the Northern Territory than the East Coast.  We have quite a few friends, including Tiki 38's, who have returned to Darwin from Asia without too many problems.  The Quarantine guy noted that ours was a high risk boat, but inspection was sufficient, and we were cleared

We think that there is less problem with ply-epoxy composite vessels rather than traditional wooden vessels.  The Quarantine authorities are worried about borers, so they are looking for holes or frass where the borer has entered - more of a problem for unprotected timber. On Lipa Lipa most of the timber is encapsulated. If it were a traditional boat that was built in Asia or New Guinea, this would probably be more of a problem, as there is a chance for the borers to get in.  To make it easy for Quarantine, be sure to oil or varnish all your bare timber, and wipe out any sawdust from construction (from bilges etc).  

Aside from quarantine, you might have heard about Australia's rules for reporting boat arrivals more than 72 hours in advance.  Make sure that you email them, there are bit problems if you don't email in advance.  Check the Customs website, there is a standard email address you can use to report your proposed ETA. Also, do a bottom scrub before entering.  In the Northern Territory, they dive on boats that wish to enter marinas, to look for exotic mussels.  One boat here (a monohull) was recently refused entry to marinas after returning from Asia and had to haul his boat and clean before he could go into a marina.

We think that's all.  Good luck!

Emma and Graeme

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